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Check, Check…Is this thing on?

Wow, how quickly time flies. I just realized it’s been two months since my last blog post. I haven’t been up to much, just a few weddings and portrait sessions here and there. I really do intend to blog them, but I just get so busy doing other things, then get lazy, and don’t get around to posting my latest work.

I’ll have to save the weddings I’ve done recently for another post, hopefully in the next couple of weeks or so, but we’ll see how my time-management skills meet the challenge.

A couple of months ago Shannon and I got together to do a shoot that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. A 1940’s Pinup Art themed shoot. I’m such a fan of the style from the 40’s and 50’s. Shannon also happens to be a fan of that style. Back then they would paint girls on the noses of fighter planes and bombers during WWII, and they also made quite an appearance in calendars and such.

That said, most of the art was kept relatively family-friendly. And that’s what I was going for. Nothing risqué or inappropriate, but fun, bright, lively portraits that contain the feel of the era before color television and digital photography. Photos that don’t look so much like photos, but images that kind of blur the line between photograph and illustration.

It was my first attempt at this genre, and I think it went pretty well. Shannon LOVED them, and so did all her friends. So I’ll save you further reading and just post some pics.

The bike got cut off in a few shots because we were working in a small one-car garage. Really tight quarters. But the shoot went well, we had fun, and we both are pleased with the result. I see some things to improve on, but that comes with time and experience. I’d like to do some more shoots like this and see what I get.

Hopefully I won’t be MIA for so long. Lets try for another blog post within the next two weeks, whaddya say?

Until then, leave me some blog-lovin’ comments below this post, and hit me up on Facebook!



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Houston Senior Portraits – Senior Rep Kourtney – Session 2

I had another great time shooting Kourtney, my 2010 High school senior rep. The first shoot was in my previous post, and had more of a country setting.

For this shoot, we wanted to do something urban, modern and ultra-cool. I think we accomplished that. We chose a perfect day to shoot- it was a cool Friday evening and the sun was setting just perfectly below the Houston horizon.

I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to finish the rest of these, but they’re finally done, and I’m pleased with the results. If you’re viewing this from Facebook, please check these out on the Blog since Facebook is not nice to photos:(
Enough talk. Lets see some photos!

The image below has to be my absolute, hands-down favorite from the entire shoot. We were just about to leave and we were tired, hungry and ready to grub down at Katz’s Deli. I turned around and took one last look at the skyline, and decided I couldn’t let the scene elude me this night. Since it was getting quite dark, I broke out the tripod and after a couple of shots, it was chow time. I knew I had nailed the shot and couldn’t wait to get home to work on it.

I couldn’t have gotten the shots that day without my awesome assistant and V.A.L. Kameron, Kourtney’s older brother. A “V.A.L” is a photog acronym-ism that stands for Voice Activated Lightstand. I believe it was coined by the Strobist blogger, David Hobby. It’s certainly appropriate, since I would vocalize direction, and the V.A.L. would respond by re-positioning the light. Awesome.:)
Thanks again Kameron, you did a great job!

I also got some super slick Senior Rep Cards for Kourtney to pass out to classmates and friends. It’s a two-sided card with rounded edges and comes with a trick carrying tin to keep the cards all neat and organized when you carry them around.

Since Kourtney is my Senior Rep, it has my contact information as well as a discount coupon that other Seniors can use when they come to have their portraits done at Slick Pix Photography. I’m going to offer these cards to all Seniors to pass out to their friends, but with less branding and a variety of photos on them.

Like always, feel free to post some comments below, share the link with your friends and suggest my Facebook Fan page to all your friends. Don’t hesitate to contact me to set up an appointment or to book a photo session. I’m looking forward to it!



Anonymous - March 26, 2010 - 4:47 PM

OMGSH!!! I love all these pictures. Your amazing. Like i cant help but to keep looking and looking at them. They all came out so well =D

-Kourtney Martinez

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Kourtney – Senior Rep Class of 2010

I had my first photo session with Kourtney, my High School Senior representative for the class of 2010, Waltrip High School.

A Senior rep is a High School student that works with me (the photographer) on several shoots, creating different looks, ideas and styles resulting in a multitude of photos and different samples of what Seniors can look forward to if they choose to have their Photos done with Slick Pix Photography.

The Rep then takes information about my studio and passes it along to her friends and classmates at school. Referrals get a discount, and depending on how many referrals the Rep brings in, the Rep will get different gifts, from gift cards, to an iPod, and more.

If you think you’d like to be a Rep for your High School, let me know and we can discuss a few things to see if you’re up for the challenge of being a model. I’m scouting for class of 2011-2012 reps too, so if you’re a Sophmore or Jr, I’d love to hear from you.

This was the first session with Kourtney, and the next few will be different settings. We shot the first one around the studio with kind of a country setting. We’ll probably go downtown Houston for the next session for a more urban feel. Stay tuned for more great shots of Kourtney.

The weather was a few notches above awesome, and I had a great time working with Kourtney. She was all smiles, and she actually had a difficult time not smiling. That’s a good thing! I’m looking forward to our next sessions. Here’s a few from our shoot last week.
If you’re reading this from Facebook, please check these out on the blog HERE. Facebook really demolishes the quality of photos :/

Hit me up with some comments below. You know you want to :o)



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Video in the blog!

While culling and processing the photos from Dany and Leslie’s Wedding I realized something. At some parts of the shoot, it almost looks like a stop-motion movie if you flip through them fast enough.

While I don’t employ the “Spray-and-Pray” method of shooting, I do take several shots of one setting with different looks. What’s “Spray-and-Pray” you ask? In the world of Photography, it’s usually a derogatory term used to describe a method some use in which you take an obscene amount of continuous photos hoping (praying) one will turn out nicely, as opposed to carefully framing each shot for light, posing, exposure and so on. However this method is usually the best method in the sports world where waiting on one perfect shot is not practical.

Back to my story- Flipping quickly through these photos gives the effect of semi-fluid motion not unlike old Gumby episodes.
This is the first time I’ve tried making a slide show of a photo shoot, and I kinda like it. The video program I used degraded the image quality pretty harshly, but I think it still looks OK.

The video is encoded in HD, so if you have a fast connection and a decent computer, select the “720p” option at the bottom of the video. It’s about 8-and-a-half minutes, so check it out. If you’re reading this on Facebook, click THIS LINK and check the blog. And as usual, leave me some blog-lovin’ comments at the bottom of the post.


Anonymous - March 3, 2010 - 4:51 AM

This video is great! You really captured those moments as beautiful as they should've. Great music selection/style. I really appreciate the care that was given to this project.- MR

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Houston Wedding Photographer – Leslie and Dany in Bellaire

I was thrilled when my friend Leslie asked me to shoot her wedding. I’ve known Leslie for a few years, and couldn’t wait to document one of the most significant days of her and Dany’s lives.

The day started around 12 noon on an overcast Saturday in January, 2010. The temperature was nice and cool and the lighting was pretty good. I had a nice time at the wedding. Everything was very organized, and started right on time, as scheduled. Nice planning, guys.

I usually like to post images from a wedding either the night of, or at the latest the day after the wedding. But this time, I woke up sick on Sunday morning- sore throat and overall feeling *blah*. So I’m finally getting to it a few days later, although still sick, I think I’m improving. MucinexD is my new friend.

Here’s quite a few favorites from the day, although there’s still a lot more that will be ready in the coming weeks.

Leslie arrives right on time.

She nervously prepares to make her entrance…

Her and her dad share a smile before the final walk

Dany sees his bride for the first time in her glorious white dress…

In this Christian ceremony, the speaker uses the Bible to point out the responsibilities and duties of a Christian Husband and Wife, as well as emphasize the sanctity of the Marriage arrangement.

Vows, as well as rings are exchanged, then they are introduced as an officially married couple.

We’re off to the park for a short photo-session before the reception

Time to go to the party…

First Dance as Husband and Wife

The dance with dad is always emotional, and understandably so…

What an elegant looking cake. I wasn’t able to snag a piece, but if it tastes as good as it looks, I’m sure it was treat

There was some great looking snacks on display- complete with trees of fruit, and chocolate covered strawberries! Looks like a lot of time was spent making these edible trees and skewers.

Agua de Sandía – ¡Delicioso! (Rough Translation: Watermelon Juice – Delicious!)

One of the Groomsmen is an old friend of Dany’s from New York. If you didn’t see him, you’d swear you were listening to John Mayer. He totally rocked our socks off.

Cut the cake!


Leslie and Dany, thank you so much for allowing me the privilege of shooting your wedding day. I really hope you guys like the photos. I wish you both the best.

I always have fun when shooting, but when I’m shooting for a friend, it’s even more meaningful since we’ll still be in touch years from now. As always, feel free to drop a comment or two here at the bottom.


Emily - January 30, 2010 - 3:26 AM

wow sam, you're an amazing photographer. i loved the pics!!! leslie and dany are a beautiful couple, so im sure the sessions were easy! see ya! :)

emily b

Anonymous - February 2, 2010 - 1:52 AM

Sam, is it because my sister is so beautiful or are you just THAT talented? I can't wait to see the full shoot! This preview is great. I'll call you in a year. Let me gather some skill, then maybe I can work with you cause you're awesome! – MR

Damon - February 12, 2010 - 5:29 PM

Man, those are some really great pics. Sara and I have got to get a session setup.

A-Team Mommy - February 19, 2010 - 6:02 AM

Wow Sam!!! It looks like you have found your passion!!! You are amazing at what you do!! I would really love for you to shoot my A-Team this Spring while the Azaleas are blooming!! I am open to what you think will do! Time? Place? outfit? You tell ME!!! I am extremely impressed by you work. You love what you do and it shows!!! Oh! and your blogging…umm wow!!! :) How can I book an appoinment?

Samuel Seth - February 19, 2010 - 6:18 AM

Thanks Erika! I'd love to shoot you guys! There's lots of great locations around, so we'll find a spot. You can request a date of your choice by clicking on the "Calendar" link on my website ( http://www.SlickPix.net ) and specify time, location etc. I'm looking forward to it!

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